Father Abraham. (Reading, Pa.) 1864-1873, July 31, 1868, Image 2

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    "tther „Abraham,"
E. H.
"I mil 011 linty no poi icy Of nilj 011 . 11 lo
forte twoi yst the will of the pcoplc."—(l 1: A NT.
Gen. 1.7 LYSS ES S. GRANT,
I Pi'.' ido'n :
Auditor Griirral:
Surveyor General:
Invariably in Advance :
011 L Ipy to one address .50
Clubs of five and upward 4, each .40
With an extra copy for eti•ery Twenty subcribers.
Editors and Publishers,
Lancaster, Pa
Our Rending branch office is at No.
GO6 Court Street, opposite the Court
House, where subscriptions will be re
ceived for FATHER ABRAHAM.
We have just reduced our terms• of
subscription to fifty cents for a single
subscriber, and forty cents each for clubs
of live and upwards, with an extra copy
for every twenty
clubs, and send them 4,n
The paper carried about 1)y a didinyvi.,:h
eti (!) Duke street lawyer, extinq,,ish
cd ex-member of the Legislature, and a
twice defeated candidate for Senatorial
honors—oflarge pretensions and no brains
—asking a gentleman of this county to
break his political neck in a tilt against
Mr. Stevens, was presented to a worn.
out politician of the county a few clays
ago. On being asked to sign it, he said:
"Certainly, for I never voted for Stevens!"
That's the kind of people who are moving
in this matter. Let them alone'.
"Has Mr. Stevens informed the Ex
press and the aspiring Congressmen of
Lancaster county that his seat is vacant ?"
—asks a correspondent...of the Examiner.
Who will answer?
That's So!
" The people will certainly continue Mr.
Stevens in Congress until the message
comes for him to go up higher." A true
remark by a "Constituent" in the Ex
aminer. •
It is Mindere('
How that paper asking a prominent citi
zen to become a candidate for Congress
against Mr. Stevens is getting along.
Rather slim, we guess.
f7A number of our Republican ex
changes, in publishing the Grant and
Colfax electoral ticket, contain an error
—" Morris Hooper" as the elector for
this (9th) district. The correct name is
[l:l\re take the liberty of curtailing
the length of the communication of
QUERIE S as it was too long for our lim
ited space. Besides, we want facts only.
Clam" We hope Father Abraham will
not get his back up."— York True Dem
Beaver tipped! But behave yourself.
purchased from almost every respectable
news dealer in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Now get up your
T !IA DD EUS .ST I; I "EN:".
The live thousand rcadh•r, of FATHEI
AI:nAHA.3I iii Lancastor county have
very natural desire to know whethcr the
hue and cry thcir -
in TH ADDE l'S
••( , 11tativi
ITEvEN:4, i• 4 not without :2. (,1I cause.
We have not the snare, if we had the
inclination, to enter into a discussion of
the view, of •• the Great Commoner on
the financial situation of the country.
IVe can only now repeat, that in
Stevens' recent speech, he simply reiter-
ated the substance of his letttir about a
year ft ,, o. upon the same -.ttl,ject. to JoitN -
GyoEu, lisQ., of this city. Ms present
assailant-; then not only published, but
emphatically endorsed said views and
his superior financial sagacity.
For the purpose of showing up the un
fairness, it' not motives, of those who ven
tured upon the
,job of decrying Mr.
Stevens. in the hope of ARMg hi , place
with one of the well-known greedy ap
plicant- fur the position, who are well
known in this community as the instiga
tors of these attacks upon him, we copy
the follow Mg editorial preface, with a
letter from Mr. •_%:tevens and editoilal
colllllluilt thereoll, as we ihid it in the
Expie.,s of last - ;aturdity :
fidbiwin g letter was I , ,,,, ivpacr,,m,
:t friend in it neiuliboring town. in
ri.ply to one he ha,l written hint on the subject
which is now the cause of so much comment.
It Will 110111AleSS be read ‘`, ith interest :
WASHINI:TON. I). JrLY 166 5 . 5
Dear Sir:.l have not declared fur Seymour and
Blair, and never expect to. I have only lieelared
a4ainst tbids and Swindlers, Who have fabricated
the nioq atrocious falselu.o.is as to my position
upon the currency question.
When I ant a little stronger I shall give ;I. full
history of this matter, which NV ill put the fellows to
shame, if they are capable of blushing. I shall
take care and protect the tax payers fpun usurers,
by making every man pay ami receive just accord
hal to his contract. Yours,
We cannot help expressing the hope that
when he acquires the reimisite strength to give
the history here promised., Mr. Stevens will find
it coitsistent with his views of propriety to avoid
the distinguishing, characteristic of the above
letter. /''or a person, to us.sPrt that his op
prinvni.s. ia an alypinaild aieloolx and Bwimllers,
furnishes no evidence either of his own wis
dom or the strength of his position.
Now we only ask the intelligent reader
carefully to compare the letter with that
part of the editorial comment which ap
pears in italics, and he will have no dif
fieulty in convicting the editor, beyond the
shadow of a doubt, of wilful and deliberate
misreiwmventation .? Mr. Stevens did not
assert that his opponents in an argu
ment are to , and swindlers," as alleged.
He did say: I have only declared
against fools and swindlers who hare l'ab
pirated the most atrocious falsehoods."
Surely the publication of the above let
ter and comments, must strike every in
telligent reader as a very great editorial
blunder on the part of the Express, as
the falsity and oaf aimless of the edito
rial is clearly proven by the letter itself.
But, unless fabrication and misrepre
sentation is resorted to, all charges
against Mr. Stevens of infidelity to the
great Republican party instantly disap
pear. His own declaration, in the very
speech in question, that he fully " en
dorses and holds to the Chicago (Repub
lican) platform settles the question, if
his hungry assailants are of sufficient im
portance to raise a question as to his
soundness upon the great issues of the
day—Reconstruction, Liberty, l and
Finance. In conclusion we lay before
our readers the following ten-liner from
the Examiner. of last Saturday, which we
heartily endorse :
DISOUsTINI;.—TO see prOfS'illll; Republi
cans engaged in the business of hunting down
Thaddeus Stevens. The men who fluttered in
the light of his national thine, are now engaged
in the dishonorable task of obscuring or putting
it out altogether. It is a hopeless task, however,
and those engaged in it will in the end discover
that all their efforts tended but to la/muff their
own wings.
Let Us Have Peace.
The work of reconstruction is nearly
complete. It has already been protract
ed beyond reason by factious, frenzied
resistance. It is high time that all rights
were secured, all fears dispelled, all par
ties, disarmed. The country cannot af
ford to revive all the feuds and perils of
the last four years. We need assurance
that we are near the end of our troubles,
not about to renew them. There is no
public security, there is scarcely any
property, other than arms and munitions,
that will not be worth more from the
glad moment wherein the telegraph an
nounces the certain election of Grant and
Send The»t On.
It is understood that the Democratic
National Committee are arranging for a
brigade of speakers from the South. Let
them come by all means. Let them crack
their whips over Democratic backs. The
party needs bringing up to the advance line
taken by Blair, Hampton, Forrest, Vance,
Wise and the rest. So let the plantation
man come. We hope to see no squirm
ing by the weak-kneed, sickly-stomached
Democrats hereabouts.
In every Copperhead estimate of the
result of the election next November,
Pennsylvania is set down as "sure" for
Seymour, and by adding such Republican
States as Kansas, Indiana; Wisconsin,
Nevada and Ohio, they manage to cypher
tip a sufficient number of electors to give
success to the '• friend" of the New York
negro killers and orphan asylum burners
of I sG:I. I;ut no Copperhead estimate
we have seen—not even the most extrav
agant—pretends to elect their candidates
irdhout Pennsylvania. On the other
hand. we eon elect Grant and Colfax
without Pennsylvania, New York or
Ohio, simply by polling our votes in the
remainder of the Republican States.
But, one word in regard to Pennsylva
nia. 11'e claim to know something about
the condition of the Republican. party at
this time. We have letters and commu
nications from the most prominent and
active Republicans in all parts of the
State. FATIIEIt ABRAHAM is read in
fifty-one out of the sixty-seven counties
of Pennsylvania, and we feel entirely
safe in saying that Pennsylvania will not
east her electoral, vote for Seymour ; that
it is not at all doubtful, but entirely sure
for Grant and Colfax by twenty thousand
majority. In Philadelphia, since the
District Attorneyship has been satisfac
torily arranged, our friends are entirely
confident, of victory. The glorious Old
Guard—LANCASTER COUNTY—is waking
up, and will poll her overwhelming Re
publican vote solid for Grant and Colfax.
In Perks county the Cops. are cut up into
various local factions and cliques, Und it
is not believed possible for them to give
near as large a majority as they did when
Clymer was beaten 17,000 in the State.
In Schuylkill, Carbon, Northampton,
Lehigh and Montgomery, we have rea
son to believe the Copperhead majorities
will be materially reduced, and so also
in the Southern counties—York, Adams,
Cumberland, Fulton and Franklin. In a
only question is whether our own
voters shall or shall not be brought to
the polls. We need no new converts,
yet all honest Copperheads are invited
to wash and comb themselves, and come
over into our ranks. All we do need is
work—thorough and perfect organization
in every ward, borough and township
throughout the State. Above all, we
must make our best effort to poll our full
vote on the second Tuesday in October
next, for ILfarrnANFT and CAMPBELL,
for Auditor General and Surveyor Gen
eral. And now is the time to commence
the work of organization everywhere.
If it is done, as we doubt not it will be,
the good old Keystone State will not
give less than twenty thousand majority
for Grant and Colfax.
SeywOlfr Indicted.
Horatio Seymour stands indicted for
1. Inciting to riot.,
2. Yielding. to rioters their demands
on the Governmont, at the peril of the
3. Threatening the President of the
- United States with the disorderly vio
lence of " the people," if he proceeded
in ellbrts vitally necessary to the salva
tion of the Union.
Horatio Seymour is confessedly, there
fore, a fomenter of sedition, a champion
of rioters, a menacer of Government.
A fbmenter of sedition, in that he told
the turbulent masses of New York that
a mob had an equal right with the Gov
ernment to proclaim the law of public
A champion of rioters, he espoused
their cause, said that they should be sat
isfied, and demanded of the Government
that the draft should be suspended and
stopped at their violent behest.
A menacer of Government, in that he
warned it of the " temper of the people"
if it did not yield to him and his riotous
And all this in criminal disregard of
the imminent peiil in which his country
and its defenders were placed at the time.
Will you, then, freemen, lovers of good
order, elevate such a man to the position
of President ? We guess not.
The Daily Columbia Spy is a spicy
little sheet, and strikes out in all direc
tions—caring for nobody. We clip the
following hard hit from its columns :
" Whenever you hear a Copperhead Plating
about our heavy debt, oppressive taxes and the
thieving Radicals, and pitying the poor tax
burdened people, tell him at once—that his
party made it all, his party kept it increasing,
and that Andrew Johnson has given back to
the Rebel Democrats of the South more prop
erty than would have paid the nation's debt ;
and thieving Democrats in the Whiskey Ring
and in the offices of the Government, have
stolen more money than would pay for the
purchase of the West India Islands—should
our enterprising Secretary of State turn his at
tention that way."
That's So:
Re», en? be 563
Whilst the Union soldiers were driving
the rebel armies back from the soil of
Pennsylvania to the south side of the
Potomac, and rapidly following them to
their last ditch, in l Seymour's friends
in New York city were engaged assassin
ating• draft officers, murdering helpless
negroes, burning orphan asylums, trying
to import small-pox and yellow fever,
and cheering lustily for Jeff Davis!
In IMit3 these same friends of Mr. Sey
mour—the murderers and asylum burn
ers—gave their Southern allies, such as
Wade Hampton, Forrest, and other no
torious rebels, a cordial reception, and
entered into an agreement with them to
do all in their power to secure, through
the ballot-box, what they were unable to
accomplish by open warfare in the South,
and by murder and arson in the North.
Let not the bloody scenes of P.. 463 be for
gotten by the defenders of the Republic !
Their Leaders
The Seymour and Blair ticket, the
Tammany Platform and Blair's letters,
are acting like a June sun on the Copper
head family. We will not submit says
one. We will resist to the last, says
another. Revolution will be the conse
quence if Grant is elected, adds a third.
We will win all we lost in the rebellion,
shouts a fourth. " And so on, till the dry
bones of the Confederacy are fairly alive
again. The leaders of the party to-day
are the rebel Generals Forrest, Hamp
ton, Vance, Preston, with Vallaudigham,
Brick Pomeroy, and others like them.
Too Ticklish.
Some people are alarmed for fear that
our noticing the little paccadillos of
sonic men who have been honored by
the people of Lancaster county, in the
matter of mileage, pay never earned,
&c., will hurt the party. We don't
believe that doctrine ; and anyhow, in the
opinion of these same people, FATIIER
ABRAHAM don't amount to much. Re
member, that it is not well to deTise
the day of small things," and that "Tall
oaks from little acorns grow."
The Way to Fix It.
If you want to write a very dignified
article—smooth and slick—write an edi
torial. If you want to pitch in and not be
known, why just write a couple of Com
munications," and sign one of them
"Soldipr." See Lancudter Inquirer of
P. S.—ls there anybody about that con
cern who wants to wear Old Thad's "
old clothes? Who will answer?
- Who Asks More?
" I Nliall take rare ami protect ihe
from 11MlierN. by mak i H y eeery iirmi pay
and ref:Pi:VC jll4 acrMi'di,oy to his COOfart."—
What kind of a " man and patriot'' is
he who asks more than that?
"THE County Cianmissioners have given thy
Vigilant Fire Company - of Columbia, $l6,
and an equal slim to the Columbia Fire Com-
Company - of that borough.-
We clip the above from the Lancaster
Inquirer of Saturday. We expect, of
course, an equal swn will be demanded
and received by all the companies in the
county. But probably the gallant fire
men of Columbia are to render some con
sideration for the amount. Call any can
didate for nomination tell who they
promised to support in return for the
above sum ?
"ME. THADDEUS STEAn - ENS denounces all
who (litrer with him on the financial question
as fools."—State Guard.
" Mr. Stevens" does no such thing, and
none but a " fool" would say so. If you
have " fabricated the most atrocious
falsehoods as to my (his) position upon
the currency question," then he says,
you are "fools and swindlers"—aud you
are ! So much for the State Guard, et al.
ur korrtspottbenct.
Stevens and His Friends.
You mind your man, Salmon P. Chase,
that you pampered till you made an ene
my of him, which is often the kind of
gratitude met in this nice world of ours.
Well, after trying as you know, in 1864
to defeat you, and get himself made
President, he has lately, not only helped
to clear Andy Johnson at the Impeach
ment, but turned Copperhead in a second
attempt to get to be President ; but even
that party would not swallow him, and
he is now the most despised big man in
the universe.
We have just had the beginning of a
small game of the same kind in this coun
ty. Your old friend, Thad Stevens,
against the bitterest opposition of the
Copperheads and pardoned re bels, and of
the conservative Republicans who gave
yourself so much trouble, has been all
along manfully trying to finish your work.
You know how all through the darkest
tunes of the rebellion, he kept you well
supplied with money to carry on the
government and the war, how he kept up
the credit of the nation, and how he pro
vided full revenue to pay your interest
and part of the principal of the money
borrowed to pay the soldiers and put
down the rebels. As Chairman of the
Committee of Ways and Means, lie
did all this: and you and the rest of us
then felt that no general in the field did
more for the country than he did in Cou-
But it seems that the Old Commoner
lives too low , for some of his friends.
They want his place. They cannot wait,
so they have tried to raise a fuss, be
cause, in his strong plain way, he said
the other dav in Congress, that lie would
rather vote 'for Seymour and Blair, (the
Copperhead candidates for President and
Vice-President) than oppress the tax
payers of the country by now paying oil
the lice-twenty bonds in t old when
gold is 1-13, and the bonds do not sell
for gold. Of course, this is inconsistency,
and repudiation and breach of prom
ise ; and those modest, impatient gentle
men, who cannot wait any longer for the
old man's shoes, (which, in my opinion,
they are not worthy to kiss), have got up
quite a muss in the newspapers, and talk
about dropping him as their candidate for
Congress ! Let them try it.
We have got a new invention called
the Crawford system, by which the nom
inees for the dilKTent otlices are selected
by a majority of the votes in township
meetings, instead of by delegates in
county conventions. This honest system
is a perfect safeguard for faithful public
servants, and has already proved ti terror
to rogues. I only hope these would-be
Congressmen, and their friends may give
us a chance, under this system,• of testing
the matter by running one or all of them
as candidates, and such a set of whipped
ingrates you never heard of, as will be
shown up.
I am also told some men in Congress,
one more than common bitter against
our old friend for his refusal, now pay
gold for the five-twenties, though he and
most sensible men believe that before
twenty years resumption of specie pay
ments will take place ; that then these and
all the rest of the debt will be paid in
gold. I noticed that a member by the
name of Ross was very forward when the
debate on the question took place, and was
keen to get the gold. I suppose he is of
the same.family as the Kansas Ross, who
sold himself to Johnson at the Impeach
ment, and saved honest Andy. Probably
in that transaction some of the bonds
were received in payment, and he now
wants to get a rise on them for the head
of his clan. But he and all such traitors
must look some centuries back for the
right head of the family. It is true the
price then paid was in specie, but it was in
silver, and only thirty pieces at that.
What adds to the l'un and exposes the
baseness of this move of the suceessionists
( who would become secessionists, like
Chase, if' it would help them) is the fact
that our old friend•avowed the same sen
timents about a year ago in a published
letter to John Gyger, one of our bank
men, who has as much interest in the
question as all of them put together.
No one made objection then, or dreamed
of inconsistency or breach of faith. It is
only now when the election for Congress
approaches, that they have found out the
enormity of the matter. I'll write again.
ONE OF THE 300,000 MORE.
EmTons : The subject of
mileage," introduced by tiadsbury"
in your paper of last week, induced me
to look into the charges made by our
County Commissioners tinder that bead,
and Lind the following:
Thos. C. Collins. for 140 days services at V per
lar • $420.00
For 5015 miles at 10 cts per untie, 501.50
T. B. Shaman. foz 170 service?. at 03 per
day .:5510.00
For 449; at 10 cts. per mi1e.........449.00
S. Slohom. l w 182 days serviees at iF 3 per day,5456.00
Fin 6i4;33 mike at 10 Ms per mile, 03.30
The Act of Assembly, approved April
1, 1864, pampli. laws 1864, page 204,
enacts : " That the Commissioners of
Lancaster County shall have for their
services the sum of $3 per day for each
and every day that they and each of
them may be officially engaged, and in
addition thereto, shall be allowed mileage
at the rate of ten cents per mile for each
and every mile that they may travel in the
discharge of their official duties."
Now it looks to me as if these charges
for " mileage" were "befty." It maybe
all right, but I " don't see it."
July 24, 1868.
Thinking; that a few lines from a "boy
in blue " for your very spicy and inter
esting little sheet, from this benighted
section of Rebeldom, might be interesting
to some of your readers, I will dot down
some of the doings of the rebel wretches
of South-Western Virginia, who are en
couraged in their crimes by the audacity
of their northern allies, the Copperheads.
They are doing all in their power to
defeat the Constitution which was framed
by the Richmond Convention some
months ago. By threats to assassinate
they hope to intimidate the colored men
to vote with them, but they find that de
cidedly an up-hill job. The election will
be held on the 13th, 14th and 15th of
August and, notwithstanding all their
efforts, I predict that the Constitution
will be adopted by au overwhelming ma
On a public road, in an adjoining coun
ty, they have a gallows erected with the
inscription nailed upon it : " Death to
all niggers who vote for the Constitu
tion." Similar threats are made in var
. parts of the State. But the great
body of Union men cannot be frightened
by these threats. I am confident that if
the Northern soldiers who toddle to vote
Democratic, would come here and see
how the rebels respect their parole, and
how they treat Union men, they would
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